Suzuki’s New GSR750 for 2011

Suzuki has released a sketch of its on the horizon GSR750, due in 2011.

The middle weight naked should have a competitive price around the £6500 mark and feature a detuned GSX750 engine.  RTWW can’t help but feel though that a lot of these bikes are starting to look very similar, nice and all, but there are definately signs of a potential homogenized blandness creeping in around sharp plastic and angular headlights.  Have a look at the bikes below and see if you agree;

The Yamaha FZ8

The Kawasaki Z750R

The Aprilla Shiver

Ducati stands out with curvier styling however…

Suzuki Adds Some Extra Adventure with the V-Strom 650A XP

Sneaky Suzuki doesn’t miss much does it?

With BMW’s F800GS comfortably the front runner in the middle weight adventure bike catagory, and Triumphs new adventure bike to be revealed in all its glory soon, Suzuki have jumped in quick with an update to its V-Strom range.  With aggressive pricing at £7300 and some very useful accessories thrown in, its warmly regarded road and green lane adventure bike is looking very tempting.  While I don’t think it can match the off-road ability of the BMW (though if you have evidence to the contrary let me know) its price is excellent and the included bash plate, aluminium panniers, hand guards, and center stand, are an extra expense on the already more costly German machine.

The V-Strom is a do most things bike and suitable for the everyday adventurer who may stray on to dirt tracks while touring, and is a capable mile eater and commuter.  The valuable extras bolted to the XP make it an even better choice for the all-rounder.

Here’s what Suzuki say about the V-Strom 650A XP;

The V-Strom 650A XP is equipped with everything you need for the ultimate adventure whether it be on the motorway or off road trails.

Based on the hugely capable V-Strom 650 ABS model, the new tougher XP version boasts a host of additional features, providing a comprehensive list of practical accessories at unrivalled value.

Featuring hard-wearing black aluminium panniers and inner bags with a total carrying capacity of 82 litres, the XP is the tough and effective alternative, thanks to the provision of engine and hand guards, centre-stand and an aluminium sump guard as part of its unique specification.

The tech spec on the V-Strom is below, for more details go to http://www.suzuki-gb.co.uk/bike/dl650al1xp/

Dimensions & Weights

Overall length: 2290mm (90.2in)
Overall width: 840mm (33.1in)
Overall height: 1390mm (54.7in)
Wheelbase: 1555mm (61.2in)
Seat height: 820mm (32.3in)
Kerb Mass: 220kg (485lbs)
Fuel capacity: 22.0litres (4.8 UK gallons)

Engine Specs

Engine capacity: 645cc
Engine: Four stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90° degree V-twin
Bore: 81mm x 62.6mm
Compression ratio: 11.5 : 1
Lubrication: Wet sump
Ignition: Electronic ignition (Transistorised)
Fuel system: Fuel injection
Starter: Electric
Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
Drive: Chain

Chassis Specs

Front suspension: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear suspension: Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Front brakes: Disk brake, twin
Rear brakes: Disk brake
Front tyres: 110/80 R19 M/C 59H, tubeless
Rear tyres: 150/70 R17 M/C 69H, tubeless

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Suzuki GSX1250FA ST to Challenge the Triumph Sprint GT

Perhaps in response to the Triumph’s recently launched Sprint GT Suzuki has added the GSX1250 ST to its range of bikes.

A couple of months ago Suzuki debuted the new GSX1250FA putting it out there as a fantastically priced challenge to other sports tourers such as the new Honda VFR1200 and RTWW featured it here.  Just a couple of weeks ago Triumph unveiled its new Sprint GT a more touring biased upgrade of its hugely popular Sprint ST (details here).  However luggage accessories that come as standard with the Triumph were optional on Suzuki’s bike.  This has now changed with the GSX1250FA ST which is fully laden with top box and panniers for £7499.

The Suzuki’s competitor, the 2010 Triumph Sprint GT

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Featured Club – Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club – Bangor Section

We’ve already added them to the UK Bike Club section of the site earlier in the week, but a bigger shout-out is due for the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club – Bangor Section.  RTWW Editor Nick met the club at the Fallen Heroes event last Sunday which VJMC had stopped at during their ride out to the Ards Peninsula.   You’ll find their web site at www.vjmcbangor.com where the club has tech sections, contact details, and news of ride outs.  RTWW wishes them all the best for the future and if you are the owner of a vintage Japanese machine RTWW would highly reccomend you seek out VJMC.

VJMC’s next meeting is on May 10th 2010 at the Byransburn Inn, Bangor, Co.Down, at 8pm.  New members always very welcome.

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The New Suzuki GSX1250FA on Video.

Below we’ve got a couple of videos featuring the new Suzuki GSX1250FA.  Early word on the bike is very positive with the general consensus being that it’s a good all-rounder capable of commuting, weekend blasting, and touring.  Also it’s the price that’s drawing most attention with the UK price tag of £6795 which is more than reasonable for a bike with the GSX1250FA’s spec.  The first video is Suzuki’s own glossy teaser for the bike, and the second is from MCNs brief try of the bike at its launch in Spain.

RTWW featured the Suzuki GSX1250FA in an earlier post here.

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Pay How Much for a Yamaha Fazer8 & FZ8!?!?!?

Help I’m Choking!!!……cough……cough…… Ok better now, but still a bit light-headed.

Why the drama?  Yamaha have just officially released the UK pricing for their new Fazer8 and FZ8 models.  Now before I cause you all minor heart attacks let’s look again at the bikes in question.

The new Fazer8 is Yamaha’s new 779cc middle-weight sports bike.  It’s half-faired for a bit of weather protection, comes with ABS, and is built around an aluminium frame to keep its weight in check.

The FZ8 is the Fazer’s naked cousin with all the same spec just minus the fairing, and personally I prefer the look of it to the Fazer8.

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Now to the heart-stopping stuff.  The Price for the Fazer8 is £8799, and the FZ8 is £7799!  Come on now pick yourself up off the floor.

The last time I used the ‘Pay how much’ title for an article was for another Yamaha, the Super-Tenere and its eye-watering £13499 price tag.  However while the Super-Tenere is in a class of similarly priced machines, the Fazer8 and FZ8 have priced themselves out of the market for middle weight sports bikes.  The list of similar, or better, machines that are £1000, or more, less than the Fazer list price is too long to mention here, but a good example comes from a story we did at the start of the week on Suzuki’s new GSX1250FA, a fully-faired, ABS included, 1255cc sports tourer priced at £6995.

Yamaha is supposedly in financial difficulty …. pricing bikes like this won’t help.

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The New Suzuki GSX1250FA Launches.

The Press have been out in force at the launch in Spain of Suzuki’s new sports-tourer the GSX1250FA, unfortunately that didn’t include RTWW this time around but we can give you the heads up on the bike’s specs in readiness for first ride reviews which should start appearing soon.

Based on the Bandit 1250 this bike uses the same well-respected engine and, while made to a sensible budget, it’s not without a few useful basics including ABS as standard, adjustable seat height, gear position indicator, and centre stand.  The full fairing should give decent weather protection which will be most welcome if, as Suzuki intends, this bike becomes your tourer of choice.  Accessories for the bike show it to have a complete tour outfit and with a starting price of around the £6700 mark, this could be a great success for the company.

While it’s great to see the Multistrada, and Super Tenere in all their high-tech glory it’s worth remembering it comes at a cost that is beyond a lot of us in the current economic climate, or any other time for that matter, as I watch moths flutter out of my wallet.  The technical spec of the GSX1250FA is below along with some more images.

Technical Specification for the Suzuki GSX1250FA

Engine Type 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Bore x Stroke 79.0 mm x 64.0 mm
Engine Displacement 1255 cm3 (1255 cc)
Compression Ratio 10.5 : 1
Carburetion Fuel injection
Oil Capacity (overhaul) 3.7L (3.9 US qt.)
Ignition Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Starter System Electric
Lubrication System Wet sump
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Primary Drive Ratio 1.537 (83 / 54)
Final Drive Ratio 2.388 (43 / 18)
Rake/Trail 25.2 degrees / 104 mm (4.1 in.)
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Disc, twin
Rear Disc
Tires Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Rear 180/55ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
Fuel Tank 19.0 L (5.0 US gal.)
Overall Length 2,130 mm (83.9 in.)
Overall Width 790 mm (31.1 in.)
Overall Height 1,235 mm (48.6 in.)
Wheelbase 1,485 mm (58.5 in.)
Seat Height 805 / 825 mm (31.7 / 32.5 in.)
Curb Mass 257kg (567 lbs.)

NOTE: Specs. are not final



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